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Thank a volunteer: Guest Blogger: Theresa Eclov, Faith in Action for Cass County

Thank a Volunteer during this Holiday Season!

Have you ever wondered why it feels so magical to live in the Leech Lake area? People come here for the beautiful lakes and trees, the fishing, hunting and x-country skiing, or to get away from the city.

I think the reason we stay here is that we are surrounded by friendly and helpful people who make so many good things happen. Consider that all our festivals and events, from the 4th of July to the Parade of Lights, are driven by community volunteers spending hours organizing activities and entertainment. Volunteers make possible local programs through the Walker Food Shelf, Pregnancy Center, Faith in Action, Rotary, the Lions, and area churches. Volunteers keep alive the many activities for young people such as Scouts, Heartland Soccer, Baseball and Hockey. Volunteers are also a major part of services to older adults, from delivering meals to visiting and helping with chores.

In this Season of Giving, consider giving of your time and yourself by becoming a volunteer with Faith in Action and providing rides to someone in your community. Faith in Action Volunteers can choose to drive once or twice a month or weekly as their time allows and most drive requests are local or to nearby towns. Many people in rural Minnesota depend on friends or neighbors for rides to medical appointments, grocery shopping and errands. For some, this is the only way they connect with their community, especially during the winter months. At times, finding a driver can be difficult. Faith in Action has seen the number of people requesting rides double in the past year. Contact Faith in Action at 218-675-5435 or for more information.

Or contact any of the other volunteer programs that make things happen here and consider ways to share your gifts and talents. The gift of your time to the people around you is very precious and creates a magic all its own. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


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